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Salt Lake City, Utah

The Colonial Theatre was built by the Auerbach brothers in 1908 at a cost of $150,000 to show plays by traveling companies with the Northwestern Theatrical Association.  The interior was decorated with ivory and gold, with green sidewalls, carpets and draperies.  It had a seating capacity of 1936, with box seats and two balconies.  It showed movies as the Victory Theatre.  About 1942 it was destroyed by fire.

 
 
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In 1979, the Loa Theatre was used as a store.  The building was demolished in 2003 and replaced with a hardware store.

Date: 1979

Loa Theatre
Loa, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Open:
Before 1940  
Closed:
1958  
Demolished:
2003  
 
The Loa Theatre was one of two theaters in Wayne County owned by Mable and James Ellett.  It showed movies from about 1940 to 1955.<1> 

A television tower was built on Parker Mountain in February 1958 and by summer so many residents of Fremont Valley were watching television that the Loa Theatre stopped showing movies. The owners of the theater requested and received a cut in their property taxes.<2>

The Loa Theatre was demolished in 2003 and a new hardware store was constructed where it once stood.


1. "Rural 1", http://movie-theatre.org, listing as its sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbooks 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and International motion picture almanacs 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000
1. "Chapter 4: The Evolution of Wayne County and Its Towns", A History of Wayne County, by Miriam B. Murphy, Utah State History CD-ROM